Allan Kahkonen, Master Carpenter

Sept. 8, 1935 - May 8, 2015
Allan Kahkonen, Sept. 8, 1935 - May 1, 2015

A memorial service was held at the First Alliance Church in Franklin, N.C., on Tuesday for Allan Stivers Kahkonen, who died of lung cancer at his home there on May 8. Mr. Kahkonen was a master carpenter who worked on several historic restorations in East Hampton during a 32-year career. He was 79 years old.

Among his accomplishments was the restoration of the Parsons Blacksmith Shop in Springs, where he often gave tours and blacksmithing demonstrations for schoolchildren. His wife, Judy Nelson Kahkonen, said he was also proud of the work he did on East Hampton’s Hook Mill on Pantigo Lane and the Home, Sweet Home museum. She said the family thought of him as a Renaissance man, whose interests also included gunsmithing and beekeeping.

He and his wife met during the Fourth of July fireworks at Main Beach in East Hampton in 1961. They were married two years later, and raised four children here. They moved to North Carolina 20 years ago, but had been frequent visitors ever since.

He was born to George Oscar Kahkonen and Marguerite Stivers Kahkonen in Queens on Sept. 8, 1935. An Army veteran who was stationed in France between 1957 and 1959, he graduated with a degree in animal husbandry from the University of Florida before becoming a carpenter and contractor.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kahkonen is survived by three daughters, Dawn Bailey of Milford, Conn., Kristin Kahkonen DuPree of Southampton, and Amanda Kelly of Torrington, Conn., as well as a son, David Nelson Kahkonen of Norfolk, Va. He is also survived by a brother, Roy Kahkonen of Ocala, Fla., a sister, June Jaycox, also of Ocala, as well as 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Condolences for Mr. Kahkonen can be made online at

Correction: Allan Kahkonen died on May 8, not May 1, as previously reported.